Your essential local information with Joff Lacey and Lucy Davies.

Send your offers of help or requests for people to help you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or telephone us on 01730 5 55 500 and we’ll pass them on to the relevant organisations and agencies.

Steve Field of Petersfield Town Council is in this programme. The council website contains links to relevant local organisations in a special Covid-19 section.

Information transcript

The Petersfield Coronavirus Help Network’s Sophie Doe has advised us the group has a new phone number. It is still working in the same way, but this number will make the administration process smoother. The new number is 01730 779 296 – although the original number will still work. 

There is also a flyering plan in progress so they will be asking for help to spread the word.

Alexa? What did we forget to say yesterday? Well, yesterday, you heard a little bit of Morning Report listener Dave Williams with his guide to how to listen on an Amazon Alexa smart speaker. We should point out that Dave’s full explanation – and it takes seven minutes – is on our website. So if you have a smart speaker and want to hear us on it, grab a coffee – sit down and enjoy Dave’s step-by-step instructions at petersfieldradio.uk.

Now we know there are plenty of talented musicians in the Petersphere so we thought we’d pass on this little snippet from Alton, where musician and producer Callum Hornby is organising a virtual gig on YouTube to show support for people suffering from Coronavirus. If you’d like to be part of the video contact him at callumhornby@live.co.uk

It’s Friday – who fancies a night off and a takeaway? Here are some other places  open tonight:

The Malabon – for pre-booked takeaways and deliveries locally. Call Petersfield 265 493.
Petersfield Kebab Shop – open as usual for takeaways from the shop but keep your distance. No deliveries.
The Old Drum – they’re open for takeaway fried chicken and chips, or fish and chips, and you can takeaway some beer and wine when you collect too. Call ahead on 300208 to order.
Fez, the Turkish restaurant, in Bakery Lane – call 01730 231266 to order and you can pay over the phone or on delivery.
 … and Cloisters Continental Cafe on the square is offering a fish-and-chip delivery service on Fridays and Saturdays, from 5-8pm. Customers can also collect from outside the cafe while respecting social distancing. Please call Jorge on 07951 269 419 to arrange. Must be a sole trader …

Domino’s Pizza has halted collections and moved to a delivery-only service in order to protect both colleagues and customers. The team will use contact-free delivery, and take payments online and over the phone only, in order to limit physical contact with their drivers and riders. For more information visit dominos.co.uk

THANK YOUs

P pod and Morning Report regular Suzie Wilde wants to send out a big thank you to those who collect our refuse on a weekly basis. She said they not only came on schedule yesterday, but returned for the brown bins.

Morning Report listener John Deavin dropped us a note to say thank you to Steve Amos, of the Adhurst Estate Allotment Association, for arranging for his free vegetable seeds to be delivered. And, don’t forget, if you’d like some vegetable seeds just call Petersfield 5 55 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk

Don’t forget, the first East Hampshire Community Lottery draw takes place on Saturday – and, if you choose us as your good cause, we’ll get 50p from every ticket you purchase. Visit easthantslottery.co.uk for more information and to purchase tickets.

We all know that vicious rumours abound when there’s no hard information – some of the fake news around the Coronavirus provide the perfect examples.

But it can also happen on a village level as well. Take Micra-gate – the storm that’s brewing up in Sheet. Well, in Suzie Wilde’s house anyway. The track we played yesterday from the village band, the Micras, is to raise money for the NHS and this weekend Sheet villagers are uploading short video clips to be made into a film to run alongside it.

And our Suzie wishes to point out that all villagers can be involved, she was just one of the first to have a go – and we’ll have to wait and see if it involves nudity. She does promise, however, that no dogs were harmed in the making of the film.

TRAVEL

We don’t want to preach, but remember, the only travel that’s permitted is for essential shopping, to get medical supplies or to get to work if you absolutely can’t work from home.

South Western Railway continues to run trains from Petersfield to Portsmouth and London for healthcare workers and anyone who must travel to work, but there’s only one fast and one stopping service each hour, each way and the Petersfield ticket office is closed – you can buy a ticket on the train or from the machine at the station. The last train back from London in the evening leaves Waterloo at 22:45.

On Sunday there will be no trains between Petersfield and Portsmouth Harbour and a replacement bus service will be provided. Train times for stations between Haslemere and Petersfield may be altered as all trains will have to use platform 2 at Petersfield. Anyone travelling between London Waterloo, Woking and Portsmouth will be asked to travel via Eastleigh and Fareham and the additional late afternoon and evening fast services between Waterloo and Portsmouth will also run via this route.

All National Express coach services end this weekend, and that includes the daily service from the south coast to London that stops on Dragon Street.

And, if for any legitimate reason, you do need to get to the Isle of Wight, Wightlink Travel is suspending its FastCat service to the island after the last service on Monday, while the car ferries, sailing between Portsmouth and Fishbourne, will operate a two-hourly service from Tuesday.

WEATHER

Well, Sunday’s looking delightful but we have a bit of meh to get through first.

Dull and chilly today in light Westerly winds. Temperatures no higher than 10 degrees this afternoon.

Tomorrow brings brighter skies with some good sunshine before a clear night, ripe for stargazing.

Then Sunday’s where the action is, with warm air blowing across the Petersphere from the South lifting temperatures to possibly 17 or 18 degrees in the afternoon sun.

If you can get out in the garden or into the countryside near you for a healthy walk that’ll be a great time to do it – but the sun will be strong so don’t forget your SPF.